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Legislature To Spend $370,000 On New Carpet

The last time they installed new carpeting in the Michigan House and Senate, John Engler was governor.

Years later, under Governor Jennifer Granholm, there was talk of replacing the carpet, but it was never done until now.

Everywhere you look on the house floor you see this black duct tape. A source says its only a matter of time before somebody gets tripped up, and a spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger says it's becoming a public safety issue.

So legislative leaders have decided to spend $300,000 to get rid of the old and install new carpeting. The total cost: $370,846.

While they are at it, they will upgrade all the technology that is underneath the floor at a cost that has not been determined.

One of the more fiscally conservatives in the Senate says the re-do is fine by him.

"I'm alright. I'm looking at my own house right now," said Senator Patrick Colbeck, who sits on the Senate Budget Committee. "If i don't take care of it and I've got rotting rafters, I don't want that happening to the state's landmark here."

But a Democrat wants nothing to do with the project, suggesting the over $300,000 should be spent elsewhere.

"A lot of people are hurting and I want to see as much money going back to help our communities, schools and thats the focus for me," said Representative Sam Singh, who sits on the House Budget Committee. "I say push it off for another year or two."

Work is scheduled for later this summer when lawmakers are not in town and if they come back into town, they will have to find another location to meet.

Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick will have more on this story tonight on 6 News at 11.

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